OPINION

No one is above the law

The law is clear. It?s up to Parliament to decide whether there is good reason for the country?s judicial officials to investigate a scandal involving politicians and whether these suspected crimes have expired under the statute of limitations law.

It is extremely hypocritical to send cases to the Judicial Council when everybody is aware that they have past the aforementioned deadline, as happened with the Vatopedi land-swap affair when the Socialist government set up a parliamentary committee to investigate the role of its conservative predecessors.

Good or bad, the law is the law – and parliamentary deputies should be the first to respect it. There is no doubt that legislation protecting politicians from prosecution and expunging their crimes must change as soon as possible.

That said, as long as these laws are in place, the deputies who participate in so-called parliamentary committees must make decisions on the basis of existing legislation and not pass the buck on to judges. Such machinations only add to the frustration of people who want to see the political system purged of corruption.